Day in Pop Report for 01/26/2012
He's accused of coercion, fourth-degree assault, second-degree criminal mischief, interfering with making a report and harassment following an incident on Saturday night.
Cops were called to the Keizer, Oregon, home of Castronovo, 46, after an argument with his partner turned physical. She ran out of their house to call her father, but the drummer is alleged to have followed her out, taken her phone from her and refused to let her make the call. more on this story
Madonna is expected to perform her new single, "Gimme All Yer Luvin'," which drops any day now; her new album, "M.D.N.A." is due this spring.
The single features Nicki Minaj, and she is rumored to be joining Madonna for the Super Bowl event.
Find out what Madonna has to say about the rumor. more on this story
Now in its 17th week on top, Billboard reports Adele's "21" has been #1 longer than any other album since "The Bodyguard" soundtrack wrapped a 20-week run at No. 1 on the chart dated May 29, 1993.
The UK singer is confirmed to make her UK live comeback at the 2012 Brit Awards ceremony on February 21 at London's O2 Arena. more on this story
Sources tell TMZ ... one of Demi's friends who was at her home told emergency workers Demi was doing whip-its. A whip-it is a street name for a type of nitrous oxide inhalant.
The friend said she became upset when Demi had a reaction to a whip-it and lapsed into semi-consciousness. It appears Demi had symptoms of a seizure -- after inhaling the nitrous.
A whip-it is not a common drug among people of Demi's age and social status. It's typically used by younger people who are looking for a cheap thrill. more on this story
The accident occurred in September, 2010. TMZ broke the story ... a witness claimed he saw Lindsay run a red light in her sports car in West Hollywood, hitting a nanny who was pushing a stroller across the intersection.
The witness claimed 3 of the 4 wheels on the stroller became airborne. The child wasn't injured but the nanny -- Nubia Del Carmen Preza -- claims she was, and that's why she is suing.
And get this ... the witness told us, "She was in shock and Hispanic so she was scared."
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. more on this story
Ne-Yo will continue to work on his fifth studio album, expected for summer release as his Motown debut. At the same time, Ne-Yo will take on A&R duties at Motown, serving as a producer and mentor to the label's artists, as well as seeking out and signing new talent to the label. Ne-Yo, who has a co-starring role in Red Tails, the new George Lucas WWII movie about the U.S. Army Air Corps' Tuskegee Airmen fighter pilots, will also be seen on NBC television's upcoming season of The Voice, as a mentor for Cee-Lo Green's team.
"Ne-Yo is an enormously talented artist, songwriter, and producer," said Mr. Weiss, "In fact, he's one of the greatest songwriters of our times. His track record of success at Def Jam will always be a benchmark. But this move to Motown will provide new and inspiring challenges for Ne-Yo, as both an artist and a key member of the new senior management team that is taking form at the label in 2012." more on this story
Lambert tells the Hollywood Reporter that he thinks the Fox show "really paints a picture of what it's like to be an arts kid in high school. Glee is really irresistible -- it's charming."
As for an appearance on the program, Adam says its up to the producers. "I don't know, ask them," he says. "I think there were murmurs about it. Hopefully, maybe now that I have some new music, I could go on there." more on this story
For the video, Rowland finds herself in Paris for a steamy romance with actor Lance Gross.
The album's first single, "Motivation," is up for a rap/sung collaboration Grammy at the February 12 ceremony in Los Angeles. Check out the video here.
The tour is set to kick off tomorrow, Jan. 27, in Tulsa, OK with Darius Rucker and special guest Thompson Square.
The tour is set to kick off Thursday, March 8th at Buster's in Lexington, KY and will wrap up on March 30th with an acoustic show in Normal, IL.
DeGraw will be touring in support of his third studio album, Sweeter. The album's first single, "Not Over You," co-written with OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, was just certified platinum this week and has been climbing the sales and radio charts since its June release. "Not Over You" currently tops the Hot AC chart in the #1 slot this week, holds the #10 position at Top 40, #12 at AC and #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 sales chart. more on this story
Great Lake Swimmers will be hitting the road in support of their fifth studio album, New Wild Everywhere, which is set for release on April 3rd.
The American tour kicks off Tuesday, May 1 in Chicago at Lincoln Hall and the band has also confirmed that they will be appearing in Austin, TX during SXSW in March. more on this story
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the visit to Halle is routine -- whenever there's a claim of abuse or neglect, DCFS will interview both parents. It underscores that DCFS is not blowing off the nanny's claim -- that Gabriel allegedly pushed her against a door with the kid in her arms.
The nanny also claims Gabriel has violently yanked Nahla out of her arms. There is also a criminal investigation to determine if Gabriel committed the crimes of child endangerment or battery. more on this story
A recipient of the R&B Foundation's first Pioneer Awards ceremony in 1989 Etta James also served on the Board of Directors of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation during the formative years.
A statement from Damon Williams Chairman of the R&B Foundation reads "Etta James was a one of a kind artist with a one of a kind voice; she was an absolute Rhythm and Blues Pioneer. Etta was part of the fabric and spirit in which the Rhythm and Blues Foundation was built on. Etta's lifelong contributions to Rhythm and Blues music have paved the way for generations of artists. Awarding Etta James the Rhythm and Blues Foundations Pioneer Award in 1989 was one of the finest moments in our mission to celebrate the legacy of Rhythm and Blues artist. Our hearts go out to Etta James family and her long time manager Lupe De Leon". The Rhythm & Blues Foundation website
National Parks Service rep Alexandra Picavet tells TMZ ... tourists are starting to stray from their tours and sneak into "closed areas" on the former federal prison.
Picavet says many of the not-so-super sleuths have confessed they're looking for a high tech control room ... described on the show as a "bat-cave underneath Alcatraz."
Picavet says they've now posted the following sign on the island: "The TV show Alcatraz is fictional, many areas it depicts are not real. Closed areas protect you, historic structures and nesting birds."
Parks Service peeps assure us the room doesn't exist. They also say the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy aren't real, so ... believe what you want. more on this story
"Drinkin The Night Away" came about when I got in the studio with Phillip Jackson, who's a great producer in the industry, lot of number one records. He's been a friend of mine for a long time…I was actually a big part of his success early on. He came up and we collaboed for the first time on a few things and this record just happened. It just felt good…everything, the bridge, chorus etc. From the second I heard the beat the rest started just coming to me and I knew I had something special.
I wanted to do a record that was completely crossover. Hip-hop has taken a leap to pop, hip-pop, whatever you want call it, which works for me since that's my niche. I'm not this gangsta thugged out battle rapper, I like to have a good time and my music reflects that. I have been lucky enough to make some great songs over the years but this record has a feel to it unlike anything I've ever done. It just feels good when that piano kicks in, the first time I heard it, it just felt right.
I played an early version of the song for Ben Willis from Indie Pop and he told me he knew it was a monster and that's the feedback I've been getting across the board. Everyone feels that this is going to be my biggest record. I'm not going to stop until this goes #1. I don't care how long it takes!
I was enjoying doing the lyrics for this one, this song just felt sooo good. When an artist is in front of the microphone in that booth you HAVE to feel it. There's a certain feeling you get when you know you nailed it. That's how you know you got a beast.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you check out the video right here!
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